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code letterSpy Weekend, September 19-21
We're celebrating the popularity of RevolutionaryWar-era spieswith a weekend of spy-oriented activities for children and adults. The weekend begins with a showing of The Scarlet Coat on Friday, September 19 at 7:00pm at the Litchfield Community Center, and culminates on Sunday with a lecture Richard Welch, author of the new book on Benjamin Tallmadge General Washington's Commando. See our calendar for a full schedule of events!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Join us for a thrilling retelling of Washington Irving's fall classic, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will be at the Tapping Reeve House on Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 pm to tell this classic tale. See our calendar for a full description.

CollectionSpace Is Live!
Search the Collection Online!
The Litchfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of Collection Space, a new online searchable database that makes information about items held in the museum collection visible to the public. Only a small percentage of the museum’s rich collection can be on display in the museum at one time, but now even objects in storage are visable online! Find clothing, furniture, needlework, paintings, prints, drawings, household objects, and more. This 6,000 item database represents a third of our total collection, so please be sure to check back in often! Staff is adding new records and additional information every day. If you have any questions, contact the Curator of Collections at 860-567-4501 or

Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town
by Rachel Carley

The first history of Litchfield to be published in nearly 100 years is award-winning!! It's honors include the Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards; Historic New England 2012 Annual Book Prize; the 2012 Linley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History; and Best in Category at the 55th Annual New England Book Show. This lively portrait of the town is sumptuously illustrated with rarely seen maps, photographs, and paintings.

Architectural historian, preservation consultant, and local resident Rachel Carley engages readers with an expansive view of the town's rich heritage through its buildings and landscapes in Litchfield Village, Bantam, Northfield, Milton, and South Farms.

For more information and to order the book, call 860-567-4501 or go to the Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town page.

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HiSTORY Time: "Noah Webster and His Words"
September 18, 2014
Time: 10:30-11:30 am

Spy Weekend! Film: The Scarlet Coat
September 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm

Spy Weekend! Drop-in Spy Activities
September 20, 2014
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Spy Weekend! Walking Tour: Litchfield during the Revolution
September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 am

Spy Weekend! Lecture: "General Washington's Commando"
September 21, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm

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